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Joliet Slammers
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Information
League Frontier League (2011–present) (East Division)
Location Joliet, Illinois
Ballpark Joliet Route 66 Stadium (2002–present)
Year founded 2010
League championships2 (2011, 2018)
Division championships2 (2011, 2016)
ColorsGreen, orange, black, white
                   
OwnershipJoliet Community Baseball & Entertainment, LLC
ManagerJeff Isom
General ManagerHeather Mills
Media1340 WJOL, The Herald-News, The Joliet Bugle
Website jolietslammers.com

The Joliet Slammers are a professional baseball team based in Joliet, Illinois, that play in the independent Frontier League. They play their home games at Joliet Route 66 Stadium. They replaced the Joliet JackHammers of the Northern League after the franchise was crippled by numerous financial issues. The JackHammers franchise was put up for sale and Steel City Baseball LLC bought out all assets, including the front office, the ticketing system, and the lease of the ballpark. The company behind the popular card game Cards Against Humanity announced in December 2017 that they had purchased the naming rights to the stadium, calling it the "Cards Against Humanity Baseball Place", but the company's claim has been disputed by Slammers management. [1]

The "Slammers" name refers to the famous prisons of Joliet and Will County ( Joliet Correctional Center and Stateville Correctional Center) as well as a common baseball term.

On September 18, 2011, the Slammers were named Frontier League champions after defeating the River City Rascals, 6–5 in Joliet, taking the best-of-five Frontier League Championship Series three games to one.

Following the 2012 season, the Slammers were purchased on October 15, 2012, by Joliet Community Baseball & Entertainment, LLC. The team's name, stadium, league and overall branding remain the same.

Season-by-Season Records

Joliet Slammers
Season Record Win % Finish Manager Playoffs
2011 56–40 .583 1st Ron Biga Won Division Series vs. Lake Erie Crushers, 3-0
Won Frontier League Championship vs. River City Rascals, 3-1
2012 37–58 .389 6th Ron Biga
2013 38–57 .400 6th Mike Breyman
2014 40–56 .417 6th Jeff Isom
2015 42–54 .438 5th Jeff Isom
2016 51–45 .531 1st Jeff Isom Lost Division Series vs. Evansville Otters, 1-3
2017 42–54 .438 5th Jeff Isom
2018 54–42 .563 2nd Jeff Isom Won Division Series vs. River City Rascals , 3-2
Won Frontier League Championship vs. Washington Wild Things, 3-2
Totals 360–406 .469 —  13–8 Playoff Record
2 Division Series Wins, 2 Frontier League Championships

Single Season Records

Numbers updated following 2018 season.

Offensive

  • Hits: 135.....Grant DeBruin, 2013
  • Doubles: 29.....Grant DeBruin/Carter Bell, 2012/2016
  • Triples: 6.....Josh Flores, 2011
  • Homeruns: 23.....Justin Garcia, 2018
  • RBIs: 77.....Erik Lis, 2011
  • Walks: 57.....Russell Moldenhauer, 2014
  • Stolen Bases: 35.....Josh Flores, 2011

Pitching

  • Wins: 13.....Jake Renshaw, 2011
  • Strikeouts: 109.....Liam OSullivan, 2016
  • Saves: 28.....Ryan Quigley, 2011

Franchise Leaders

Numbers updated following 2016 season.

Offensive

Games Played
1. Kyle Manus…248 (2011-2013)
2. Alfredo Rodriguez…192 (2015-2016)
3. Erik Liz…184 (2011-2012)

Hits
1. Kyle Manus…205 (2011-2013)
2. Grant DeBruin…196 (2013-2014)
3. Erik Liz…194 (2011-2012)
3. Brad Netzel…194 (2011-2012)

Doubles
1. Kyle Manus…43 (2011-2013)
2. G. DeBruin…41 (2013-2014)
3. Brad Netzel…39 (2011-2012)

Triples
1. Josh Flores…6 (2011)
1. Kevin Zinter...6 (2012)
2. Marquis Riley…5 (2013-2014)
2. Mike Garza…5 (2015-2016)

Homeruns
1. Kyle Manus…32 (2011-2013)
2. Erik Lis…28 (2011-2012)
3. Nick Adkins…21 (2013)

RBI
1. Kyle Manus…128 (2011-2013)
2. Erik Lis…122 (2011-2012)
3. Adam Giacalone…106 (2014-2015)

Stolen Bases
1. Charlie White…48 (2015-2016)
2. Josh Flores…35 (2011)
3. Darian Sandford…25 (2013-2014)

Pitching

Innings Pitched
1. Andrew Busby…155.1 (2013-2014)
2. Jake Renshaw…149.2 (2011-2012)
3. Chase Doremus…135.2 (2012-2014)

Strikeouts
1. Chase Doremus…140 (2012-2014)
2. David Kubiak…127 (2014-2015)
3. Andrew Busby…117 (2013-2014)

Wins
1. Jake Renshaw…14 (2011-2012)
2. Kyle McNorton…12 (2014-2016)
3. Liam OSullivan…11 (2016)

Saves
1. Ryan Quigley…28 (2011)
2. Amalio Diaz…19 (2012)
3. Justin Erasmus…17 (2013)
3. Navery Moore…17 (2015)

Notable alumni

While no former players have made it to the majors yet, these players have reached the top level of affiliated ball: Triple-A. Years in parentheses are when the player was with the Slammers.

Current roster

Joliet Slammers roster
Active (24-man) roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 32 Nate Antone
  • 28 Shane Bryant
  • 47 Michael Evans
  • 41 Taylor Goshen
  • 21 Scot Hoffman
  • 38 Connor Kelly
  • 43 Corey Kimber
  • 20 Brian McKenna
  • 36 Michael O'Neal Injury icon 2.svg
  • 15 Liam O'Sullivan
  • 34 Matt Sandoval
  • 29 Duke von Schamann
  • 26 Andrew Zellner



 

Catchers

  • 27 Cody Clark
  • 44 Trey Fulton

Infielders

  • 13 Justin Garcia
  • 39 Trenton Hill
  •  2 Ridge Hoopii-Haslam
  •  4 Chaz Meadows
  •  8 Danny Zardon

Outfielders

  • 23 Travis Bolin
  •  9 Brady Burzynski
  •  5 Dom Iero
  • 16 Alex Krupa
  • 22 R.J. Thompson
 

Manager

  • 33 Jeff Isom

Coaches

  •    Billy Manner (clubhouse manager)

Injury icon 2.svg Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated May 10, 2018
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